Omega-3 Fats: Cornerstone of Good Health

Omega-3’s. I know you have heard a lot about them.⁠ If you search it online, you will get a million hits. ⁠

Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that are essential for human health. They are known for their anti-inflammatory effects and have been shown to have a number of health benefits, including:

  1. Reducing inflammation: Omega-3s have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis.
  2. Improving brain function: Omega-3s are important for brain health and have been shown to improve cognitive function, including memory and concentration.
  3. Reducing the risk of heart disease: Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels.
  4. Reducing the risk of depression and anxiety: Omega-3s have been shown to have a positive effect on mental health, and may help reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
  5. Reducing the risk of cancer: Some studies have suggested that Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer.

To increase your intake of Omega-3s, try incorporating more fatty fish into your diet, such as salmon, sardines, and herring. You can also get Omega-3s from plant-based sources, such as nuts and seeds, or by taking a supplement.

Omega-3 fatty acids

So let’s make it simple.⁠

  • It’s a type of healthy fat. ⁠
  • Building block for your cells and tissues.⁠
  • Fortified in different foods. ⁠
  • Hugely beneficial to human health: cardiovascular health, skin, mood and cognition, and certain hormonal health issues. These are the biggies with the most research. ⁠

Omega-3’s can be found in: ⁠

  1. Animal sources:⁠
    1. fish like anchovies, sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring⁠
    2. omega-3 fortified eggs
  2. Plant-based sources: ⁠
    1. nuts like almonds, walnuts, ⁠pecans, macadamias
    2. seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, ⁠chia
  3. Supplements:⁠
    1. consider plant- vs animal-based ⁠products
    2. either alone or in combo with other fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. Vitamin D)


These are the BASICS of what omega-3’s and what’s out there. It’s important to talk to a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen. Want to learn more about them and other supplements? Our team at HealthSource can help you with what is best for you.

Written By:

Michael Reid

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